Month: April 2010

Calling all Social Innovators

Calling all Social Innovators

Vodacom and RLabs have teamed up to bring you the “Community Information Challenge 2010”. Many people in local communities have mobile phones and use them for voice and text. However, the use of mobile Internet is growing fast and can be used to enhance local communities. The mobile Internet can be used to share many …

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“Twitter Gangsters” at the Innovation Fair

“Twitter Gangsters” at the Innovation Fair

Two weeks ago the RLabs team were managing the Social Media activities for the World Bank at the Innovation Fair. A local newspaper visited RLabs to cover the stories of the RLabs “Twitter Gangsters” (Watch Day 2 Video Highlights for explanation). The article can be read by clicking on the image above but below is …

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RLabs Asia coming soon…

RLabs Asia coming soon…

After an eventful day in meetings it is with great excitement that we are launching a RLabs (Reconstructed Living Lab) in Malaysia, South-East Asia by next semester. This new initiative being part of the RLabs family will see the growth of Social and Community Innovation growing beyond local contexts but to global communities. This partnership …

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FREE Access to World Bank Development Data

FREE Access to World Bank Development Data

Today the World Bank Open Data Initiative is opening up one of the world’s most reliable and comprehensive databases on developing economies. It includes more than 2,000 indicators from countries around the world, including hundreds that go back 50 years. This open access to such data will allow Social Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Researchers with reliable …

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Highlights of the Innovation Fair

Highlights of the Innovation Fair

Find the highlights of the World Bank Innovation Fair highlights below: Day 1: Day 2: You can visit the World Bank Development MarketPlace Blog for more information about the Social Innovation Projects.

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Challenges Facing Mobile-Only Internet Users in the Developing World

Challenges Facing Mobile-Only Internet Users in the Developing World

I came accross a very interesting article by Shikoh Gitau,Gary Marsden, and Jonathan Donner on the Challenges facing mobile-only Internet Users in the Developing World. Abstract from the article: “This study reports results of an ethnographic action research study, exploring mobile-centric internet use. Over the course of 13 weeks, eight women, each a member of …

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RLabs’ Mom 3.0 programme impacting lives of Women

RLabs’ Mom 3.0 programme impacting lives of Women

Over the last few weeks RLabs started their Mom 3.0 programme that saw many women being impacted by being empowered to share their stories with the world. The Mom 3.0 programme is a follow-up to the Mom 2.0 programme with a short description below: “Mom3.0 café sessions are hosted for women from the community who …

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RLabs at the World Bank Innovation Fair

RLabs at the World Bank Innovation Fair

Last week the RLabs team had the opportunity to be the Social Media partner for the Innovation Fair hosted by the World Bank. This event brought together great minds from all over the world who discussed innovations in the area of Moving Beyond Conflict. For more about the activities at the Innovation Fair visit the …

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Day 1: Top 10 Tweets at World Bank Innovation Fair

Day 1: Top 10 Tweets at World Bank Innovation Fair

After such an amazing day and due to still buzzing (No reference to Google Buzz), engagement on the floor was incredible but we also had some interesting tweets to share about the Innovation Fair by delegates at the event and those unable to attend. All updates about the World Bank Innovation Fair in Cape Town …

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